Thomaz Bellucci, of Brazil, returns the ball to Pablo Cuevas, of Uruguay, at the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)
Joel Auerbach
April 27, 2015

ISTANBUL (AP) Thomaz Bellucci defeated seventh-seeded Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 (5), 6-3 Monday in the opening round of the inaugural Istanbul Open.

Bellucci served six aces to eliminate Youzhny.

Andrey Golubev swept past wild card Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-3 in the other main-draw match.

Roger Federer is the top-seeded player in the event, one of the clay tournaments leading up to the French Open. He is could meet Grigor Dimitrov in the final.

Federer, Dimitrov, third-seeded Pablo Cuevas and No. 4 Santiago Giraldo had first-round byes. Dimitrov's first match will be against Golubev.

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